Electric Frog September Weekender 2011

Frankie Knuckles, The Fall, Jeff Mills, Mogwai, Joe Claussell and Errors feature in stellar line-up

Electric Frog September Weekender

Photography | Zul Bhatia

Whoever chose to carry out some large-scale maintenance at their Eastvale Place business premises on the last weekend of July has inadvertently done Glasgow’s clubbing fraternity a favour. It might have meant the planned Electric Frog Summer Weekender was curtailed to one day from two at the last minute, but it’s also secured this unprecedented third annual instalment of the city’s premier underground dance festival.

There’s been a bit of a change of format this time, though. While Saturday’s bash boasts possibly the biggest and best dancefloor-moving line-up the event has seen, Sunday will offer, for the first time in Electric Frog’s three-year history, a day dedicated entirely to guitar and alternative music.

‘We have always had wide ranging taste in music and never planned for the festival to be only an electronic music event,’ explains promoter Alan Miller. ‘The line-up is very much a reflection of our collective music tastes and follows on from our ideas to make the festival broader and broader in terms of its musical breadth, filling the vacuum that has been left by previous Scottish events like Triptych.’

As usual, a bunch of Glasgow’s biggest-name club and music promoters will be involved in programming the artists, with Pressure putting together a star-ridden Saturday street party consisting of Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Len Faki and residents Slam, and disco-centric monthly bash Melting Pot getting in on the act in the warehouse with Joe Claussell, Omar S and resident Andrew Pirie. Plus a rare UK show from Frankie Knuckles: ‘His history encompasses almost everything that is defining about the beginning of contemporary dance music,’ adds Miller.

Having postponed their involvement from the July event, Synergy Concerts will be making up for the delay by curating the entire Sunday event, with headliners Mogwai joined by Wild Beasts, The Fall, Mount Kimbie, Jimmy Edgar and Errors. ‘We can’t wait to welcome Mark E Smith to the site,’ says Miller. ‘I mean really, who could miss The Fall?’

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